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    EULOGY FOR CATHERINE EDDOWES

    Catherine of Wolverhampton,
    Your people were tin smiths,
    They sent you to charity schools,
    And you learned your lessons well.

    When you were twenty-one,
    Thomas Conway enticed you away
    Into a wanderer's life, wearing all you owned,
    Selling books and gallows ballads,
    Bearing him three children--
    And though he gave you no ring,
    Perhaps the tattooed TC on your
    Arm was meant to play the role.

    After twenty years or so, you broke apart
    From Thomas, took your daughter Annie
    and in a lodging house on Flower and Dean,
    Soon met John Kelly.
    Every year you both went to harvest the hops,
    But 1888 wasn't the best year, and you came back
    As poor as before.

    That September 30th, you were drunk in public
    (Yet people knew you to drink rarely),
    Taken to the jail cells at the station,
    Released as sober, and turned the wrong way,
    Passing the gloom of Mitre Square...

    Oh, Catherine, how he left you in the shadows!
    (And did you truly know his name?)
    It horrifies us still today.
    We remember you now, with sorrow.
    Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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    Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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  • #2
    Gee Dunny sure do rite purty.

    Wish I can
    G U T

    There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GUT View Post
      Gee Dunny sure do rite purty.

      Wish I can
      I is edukated, they tole me.
      Tnx Gutster...
      Pat D. https://forum.casebook.org/core/imag...rt/reading.gif
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      Von Konigswald: Jack the Ripper plays shuffleboard. -- Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut, c.1970.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pcdunn View Post
        I is edukated, they tole me.
        Tnx Gutster...
        They sayed I's illeterate, but really I not sick at all and mummy and daddy was marred long fore I was borned.
        G U T

        There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't true, the other is to refuse to believe that which is true.

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